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Religions and Beliefs

China is a multi-religious country that having many kinds of religious belief, people are free in choosing their own religions and they can express their beliefs openly. Taoism, Buddhism, lslamism, Protestantism and Catholicism have all developed quite a following in this country. Freedom of belief is a government policy, and normal religious activities are protected by the constitution. According to some recent surveys, there are 100 million people who have religious beliefs and religious establishments about 85,000 with 300,000 clergymen in China nowadays. China is beckoned by the edification and rituals of mainly 5 religions - Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and other Christian religions.
The religious beliefs of China have distinct national features and many of the ethnic minorities have a religion that all of the people of the minority group believe in. The majority of Chinese people has never had a religion that is shared by all of the members of the nationality. Three faith - Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism - have long been established in China. The religious practice of the average Chinese traditionally has been an eclectic mixture of all three. Foreign religion must be localized and nationalized and developed into a religion with its schools and theories with national characteristics so that it can exist and develop in harmony with Chinese society.

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